African Union to revive single African passport initiative
London, April 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The African Union is reviving the vibe towards having a fully fledged African passport, following the historic signing of the Continental Free Trade Area agreement (CFTA) in Rwanda, which has exposed the necessity for member states to treat this initiative with urgency.
Two years down the line, the concept of a single travelling document for Africa has made very minimal headway, being limited to African Heads of State, foreign affairs ministers and top diplomats.
The concept for an African passport was mooted with the desire to allow for Visa-free movement across all African Union member nations.
The recent signing of the AfCFTA agreement in Kigali, Rwanda last month exposed what may become a limitation to the espoused growth figures of intra-African trade, thus reviving talks to ensure that member states issue the African passports to their nationals within their own processes.
This sentiment formed part of the agenda during a courtesy call by a delegation from the African Union Foundation on the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Simon Khaya-Moyo where they outlined the possibilities presented by the AfCFTA agreement to the government’s new position on open business.
Government said it is moving away from the gridlocks that affected business in the past, and are serious on ensuring a robust performance going forward.
Adopting the passport at both public and private sector levels is critical to pushing forward the objectives outlined by the union until 2063.
It will act as a critical component towards promoting greater integration particularly so, for low hanging sectors such as the tourism industry.